Independent DVD Review: Dynasty, The Heliconia Press & Young Guns Productions (YGP), 2006.
Join the Young Gun's all star crew for some really fine whitewater kayaking. With locations all over the world and many talented paddlers, this film is pure entertainment.
The film contains some amazing extreme kayaking: big volume paddling, huge drops, steps, cool playboating and getting worked really bad (check out the carnage classics)… The locations are spread all over the world: Canada, California, Madagascar (incl. first descent of Ikopa River), New Zealand and the White Nile. Well, and then there is lots of goofing around, partying and showing off.
The DVD is divided into chapters per location. Typically, within a chapter paddlers are “introduced” (i.e. a close-up and the paddler's name) and what follows is some of their best paddling. Often, only short sequences show the highlights of a particular section or move, while the approaching line and the exit are omitted…
The film shows a good mix of playboating and whitewater kayaking, rounded up with a few great landscapes. The shots are taken from jet skis, helicopters and from the river banks. It's all spiced up with lots of trashy music which fits the shots well… though there are some softer tones too… The soundtrack is available as a download (through www.helipress.com ) and features Swollen Members, Bedouin Soundclash, Slightly Stoopid… and Young Guns' own Rush Sturges.
This film had a big budget, which you can tell not only by the list of sponsors in the intro, but by many things, ranging from locations over equipment to DVD chapters.
This film is pure entertainment, a flood of short, though exciting extreme kayaking shots… It's not about any story, or any talking! Don't expect too much depth. If this is what you want, hell yeahh, you won't be disappointed…
Personally, I would have preferred a bit more depth. It's “merly” a line up of highlights. And one could also argue that the film is pretty commercial. Anyways… it features some really cool and exciting paddling.
- A film by Rush Sturges and Marlow Long
- Featuring Patrick Camblin, Rush Sturges, Laura Nash, Steve Fisher, Charlie Center, Tyler Brandt, Dan Simenc, Ben Brown, Merlin Henauer, Dustin Urban and many more…
- Special features. A beautiful slide show, a carnage classic and teasers on 921 b.c, chaos theory, the TEVA mountain games, the dynasty teaser itself as well as some information on sponsors.
- Play time 30:41min
- Language: English